Sheben שׁבן
(541 words)

I. Name

The element šbn, Sheben, which occurs in various Hebrew personal names, may be theophoric. From the limited evidence available, it is likely that a divinity Sheben was known in Levantine culture. If so, all that is known of the god for the time being is its name.

II. Identity

A Neopunic inscription on a sepulchre from Sardina (CIS I, 152) lists as one donor ʿbdmlqrt [b]n bdʾ [b]n ʾḥšbn, ‘Abd-Melqart, [s]on of Bodo, [s]on of Ahsheben’. It has been observed (S. Harris, A Grammar of the Phoenician …

Cite this page
S. D. Sperling, “Sheben שׁבן”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>

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